How to Apply Download Restrictions to Google Workspace Users in Google Chrome

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

  • You can prevent Google Workspace users signed in to Google Chrome from downloading any files.
  • Alternatively, you can prevent them from downloading only harmful files that Google Safe Browsing believes may contain viruses or malware.

How to control the types of files Google Chrome users can download step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Apply Download Restrictions To Google Workspace Users In Google Chrome - Step 1

In Google Admin at, click Devices > Chrome > Settings >  Users & browsers in the menu on the left.

Step 2

How To Apply Download Restrictions To Google Workspace Users In Google Chrome - Step 2

Select the OU with the users whose settings you want to update on the left. The same updates will apply to all sub-OUs under the OU you choose.

By default, if you don’t select an OU, you will add your setting to the top OU, named after your domain. This way, you will apply changes to all users in your account.

You can search for an OU to find it faster if you have a large OU structure.

If you’re not familiar with OUs, click here.

Next, click + Search or add a filter and type Download restrictions to locate the setting.

Step 3

How To Apply Download Restrictions To Google Workspace Users In Google Chrome - Step 3

Next to Download restrictions, choose between:

  • No special restrictions – Users can download anything. Still, Google Chrome will display a warning if they try to download potentially harmful files. Users can bypass this warning and download anything they want to.
  • Block dangerous downloads – Users can download anything except files that Google Chrome Safe Browsing identifies as harmful.
  • Block potentially dangerous downloads – Users can download anything except those marked as potentially harmful.
  • Block all downloads – Users are not allowed to download anything using Google Chrome.

Step 4

How To Apply Download Restrictions To Google Workspace Users In Google Chrome - Step 4

Click SAVE on the top right after making changes. It may take up to 24 hours for them to go into effect.

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